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Aperiodic Crystals: From Modulated Phases to Quasicrystals

Ted Janssen, Gervais Chapuis, and Marc de Boissieu


Until the 1970s, all materials studied consisted of periodic arrays of unit cells, or were amorphous. In the last decades a new class of solid state matter, called aperiodic crystals, has been found. It is a long range ordered structure, but without lattice periodicity. It is found in a wide range of materials: organic and anorganic compounds, minerals (including a substantial portion of the earths crust), and metallic alloys, under various pressures and temperatures. Because of the lack of periodicity, the usual techniques for the study of structure and physical properties no longer work, and ... More

Keywords: solid state matter, aperiodic crystals, organic compounds, anorganic compounds, minerals, metallic alloys, superspace, crystallography, theory of condensed matter

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780198567776
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198567776.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ted Janssen, author
Department of Theoretical Physics, University of Nijmegen

Gervais Chapuis, author
Department of Physics, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne

Marc de Boissieu, author
CNRS researcher, Laboratoire de Thermodynamique Physico Chimie Metallurgique, Grenoble

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